A new type of horseshoe is now being produced to prevent injury to horses running and training on hard ground.
SV Man putting on new type of horse-shoe
SV Ron Saffron talking to camera (4 shots)
SV Man filing horse's shoe
SCU Race horse owner John Bradshaw giving interview (3 shots)
SAFFRON: "We first became aware of the need for cushioned horseshoes during the summer of 1976. You may recall that was a very dry summer and we observed a very definite loos of action in our horses and they developed in???med shins and our farrier diagnosed that this was due to the effects of the hard ground. And I gave the problem to an engineering company that I have and asked them to devise something and 'supershoe' evolved. This is the 'supershoe' and as you can see, we have incorporated in the heel of the shoe a metal pad and sandwiches between that pad and the shoe proper is a rubber shock absorber. Under the pressure of the horse this pas depressed and absorbs the shock."
BRADSHAW: "Undoubtedly it's one of the greatest things since Roman times. It has got to be a benefit to not only the racing world but to the horse world at large."
REPORTER: "John, at the moment I notice that 'supershoe' is being produced in steel for practice and training purposes mainly. Are there plans to bring out a lightweight version for racing itself?"
BRADSHAW: "Oh yes. Obviously one has got to start somewhere and we feel that the general purposes shoe will give the opportunity for the horse public at large to make use of this shoe. But in particular there has been a clamouring from countries all over the world, since we went to Equitana, to see if we can bring out a racing plate made out of aluminium. At the moment Ron Saffron is working on this and we would expect to produce something within the next twelve months that will mean that the horses can train on the steel supershoe and then they will be able to race on the aluminium shoe. If we have a summer similar to 1976 when the ground was so hard it would mean that so many, that so many horses can run which is to everybody's advantage and enjoyment."
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Background: A new type of horseshoe is now being produced to prevent injury to horses running and training on hard ground. The inventor of the 'supershoe' -- and the first trainers to use it -- feel that this development could bring about a significant change in horse racing and other equestrian sports.
SYNOPSIS: Inventor Ron Saffron has been trying out the 'supershoe' at Lucknam Park Stud near Bath. He explained how the idea first came about.
Reporter Phil Lines asked race horse owner John Bradshaw if he felt the new type of shoe would make a significant change in equestrian sports.